Analysis & Review: Cat’s Cradle

Alex Drozd

Cat's CradleCat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Within the Vonnegut fan-base there are two warring camps: one who believes Slaughterhouse-Five is his greatest novel, and the other which claims such a title is reserved for Cat’s Cradle. The comparison may be unfounded, though, because each book lies in its own plane. While Slaughterhouse-Five is a novel of profound, big-picture thought, its meaning is conveyed by sentiment and not by argument. Cat’s Cradle, though, is far less cryptic. Easy to interpret, and difficult to disagree with, it’s a much bolder work as far as its message is concerned.

The novel follows the first-person narrative of a man named John, who is writing a book about what various Americans happened to be doing on the day the US bombed Hiroshima. His research eventually leads him to track down the three children of Felix Hoenicker, one of the…

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